Diwali: Festival of Lights

Presented by Dr. Niranjani Patel and the Chinmaya Mission South San Jose Study group

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7PM

TICKET PRICES : $10 (with ticket to Bruce Munro: Stories in Light)

VENUE: Historic Villa

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RELATED EXHIBITION: Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light

About Chinmaya Mission:

Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1952. Devotees all around the world formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and across its borders. South San Jose Chinmaya Mission Study Group has been led for the past three years by Dr. Niranjani Patel, who is also a professor at San Jose State University. The group has members with varying backgrounds. Many of them are professionals working as engineers in Silicon Valley for Cisco, Google, Arteris, and Seagate, one entrepreneur, one health care professional from Stanford Health, three home-makers, one undergraduate, and one graduate student.

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Come take a deeper look at how and where light has been used as a form of creative expression across cultures and history! Deepavali, popularly known as Diwali, is one of the most widely observed festivals in the Desi community. Known as “the festival of lights,” it is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains as well as the Newar Buddhists from Nepal. Even though these diverse peoples observe Diwali with different customs, its symbolic significance is universal: the victory of righteousness over evil, with lamps signifying the defeat of darkness.

In this presentation, Dr. Niranjani Patel and members of the Chinmaya Mission South San Jose Study group will give historic, philosophical, and regional perspectives on Diwali, exploring how artistic practices associate with the festival express some of the core ideas within Hindu scriptures. Attendees can discover meaningful connections and stories around light within the context of the Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibit. The evening will culminate with a demonstration of Rangoli painting and a lamp-lighting ceremony.

NOTE: This lecture is offered as an additional program for those visiting the Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light exhibit on November 13. Separate tickets are required; to purchase your exhibition ticket, click here.